Surprisingly more funnier than it looks like.
I had thought Hanamaru would be:
A. relying on random, raunchy forced jokes like Kodomo no Jikan. Or,
B. approaching ‘sensitive’ issues with a veneer of drama like Naisho no Tsubomi.
But I’m glad to say it doesn’t. The setting up of the jokes are great and they keep in mind the age-level of the characters in the show (seriously, it is WEIRD to see a 5,6 yr old saying “manko” or writing “nakadashi kibou”) so that it isn’t tasteless.
I wasn’t expecting much from this show, but I’m actually going to say here that this show pretty much exceeded my expectations and I would gladly recommend this show.
Just like a good slice-of-life setup, Hanamaru also relies on the strength of its characters to convey jokes rather than to unnaturally pigeonhole them in to situations that do not realistically happen in real life (for example, KnJ). I quite like this approach to humor myself and I found myself enjoying the show fully throughout.
The seiyuu performances are pretty strong and Satoshi Hino is absolutely perfect as Tsuchida-sensei. I guess he’s doomed to be characters that are hen-pecked in one way or another.
I didn’t like the Potemayo-ish looks of the children at first but even that became a plus point by the end of the episode since it serves to accentuate the contrast between the adults and the kids in to setting up some of the jokes used in the episode.
Anyways, a show well worth checking out and I assure you, this ain’t some “toddler-con shit”!